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    November 17, 2012
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will get better. they won't be pushed aside. they will be able to enjoy the improvements in that area. >> [indiscernible] >> i know currently there is the waldon house and the hay/ashbury clinic have merged. they have an office in mission street. there are a number of service providers on market street aside from the center, like lion martin health clinic and ucsf alliance. >> supervisor kim: i'm glad that you know the organizations but do you work with them? do you interface with people that are also low income? >> i do particularly with my work in the department at the center.
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oftentimes i am not only working with people that start businesses but people come looking for services who may need some assistance in finding part-time employment. and maybe being able to utilize some of our financial services as well. >> supervisor kim: you interface with people who come in asking for services? >> yes. >> >> supervisor kim: great. that's my question. are there any other questions from colleagues? >> i would like to follow up on my question. do you identify yourself as low income? >> i do. i believe that meet the ami requirements. i am at 70% ami. i do. >> thank you. >> supervisor kim: thank you. at this time we will open up for public comment. if you would like to speak on this item, yeah?
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please come up. two minutes. >> hi supervisors. thank you for your service. and the director of economic development of the lgbt center and nick is on my team. he did incredible work in visitation valley. he was able to engage the neighborhood businesses in a way and at levels not seen before. i also was impressed that he created an opportunity for lgbt networking. he's a strong ally of the community before he stepped into his role at the lgbt center. we serve low-income communities, and very low-income communities at the center and in terms of income
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unfortunately most people working in nonprofits fall into the low-income bracket. we work with about 1000 people per year, 70-80% are low income. developing self-sufficiency. and starting micro-enterprises. part of nick's role is supporting folks in the process. we are able to support them in developing all of the opportunities for economic health. and with that i will conclude. i think you will find that he is a great service to this community. >> supervisor kim: is there any other public comment on this item? >> good afternoon board members. peter cohen. i have been on the market octavia cac since its
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beginning. i can up for renewal last december. the board decided against that and they were looking for someone who came out of the low-income committee. that is important. i want to share with you a couple of perspectives on why i think that lens is important on the cac. we are in an area where there has been rapid gentrification particularly in the upper market portion of the plan area. it cannot be understated that there is a low income population that is really vulnerable the displacement. i think that fundamentally that has to be a focus for the cac and someone has to bring that knowledge to the table,
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whether the person in the low income seat or not. over the last two years or so, in terms of the geography of cac members, they were very overbalanced towards the upper market. all of us a point is were from the castro area; we were not able to find from the district 6 or the -- area. about half of all the plan development commercial and residential is from octavia to the east. at some point that geography knowledge is going to be important to the cac, whether this seat or another seat. those are things that are important in the changeover of the set of cohort appointees to the next.
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>> supervisor kim: is there any other comment? seeing none public comment is closed. >> i want to thank mr. wolf for his interest in the seat. i work closely with the market octavia cac. we have quite a bit going on in the plan area including in the upper market area in terms of development of the creation of affordable housing, retail, which would result in job opportunities plus safety improvements. the cac's role, for a long time because there was no development, it was theoretical. nothing was happening before the collapse of financial markets but things are happening now. it is incredibly exciting. we need people involved. in addition to what we heard tha mr. wolf brings, is a
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tangible connection between the lgbt and the market octavia cac. the lgbt center sits close to the market octavia plan area. when you look at the priorities of the center in terms of working with youth, providing services to people, working with young people, seniors, economic development, all of the things the center does it would be valuable to have the center closely integrated into the cac. this is a strong application. i would move that we forward mr. wolf's application to the full board with recommendation. >> supervisor kim: supervisor avalos? >> thank you chair kim.
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i do appreciate the applicant put himself forward to serve on the committee. although i feel there is expertise in doing community work, and working with certainly around the leand avenue area, that is a significant public service. i think someone representing a low income seat, i look for keywords, concerned with demographic changes, poverty. i just wasn't hearing that. i think it is important if we are going to be having a seat looking at overseeing how we do development; how different agencies work together; that we have a clear lens perspective that is real concerns about low income people at heart.
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i did not hear that coming. not to say that the person does not have qualifications in other ways. for this seat, i want to make sure we are able to maintain that perspective. it should be clear to me in making a decision to that appointment. i would not support the motion. >> supervisor kim: i actually feel very torn about this. i represent a portion of market octavia. i do think that not just low income but being able to speak about the issues of low income, community members, being able to articulate that is important for the seat. i am looking at the committee members now that sits on the committee. you're very qualified for the cac; i don't know if you are qualified for the seat.
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we have homeowners. is important to have a variety and diversity. where i feel very torn is that i wanted to be on the cac, but i want someone who can speak articulately about what low income folks would like to see this area plan. i think housing is one. we want to push developers on making the largest commitment that the cannon building housing. there are issues around open space. i know that you served some of them to the center. i was not able to hear that connection and also ideas on how you would represent that perspective on the cac.
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i think your perspective would be great; i don't think that it fits the seat before us. i think it is hard to find someone for the cac. i am not ready to support to today. i would be open to support you on another seat in the cac for sure; it is important to have young folks who work at the center to participate; you would be able to be inactive, contributing member from the get-go. so, i know this is awkward. >> can i suggest that perhaps
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before we forward this with no recommendation, it's been close to a year that the seat has not been filled. in terms of the cac, and mr. cohen was not accurate about this. would appoint almost a year ago michael simmons, affordable housing developer who lives and works in the western addition. i think that, it would seem to me that given the time that has gone by, and given that the lgbt center does provide an awful lot of services to extremely low-income people through both the economic know the programs and elsewhere, i would suggest that at a minimum would put this forward with no recommendation and see what the full board thinkgs.
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>> supervisor kim: i am not ready to do that now. i am open for a motion to continue. i would like to spend time speaking with mr. wolf. i would like to articulate what you would be representing and i did not hear that. maybe with time we can sit down and have that level of discussion. i would feel comfortable with the motion to continue; i would not feel comfortable with a recommendation. >> i am of the same mind. i would continue and seeif other applicants come forward. >> i disagree but given that i'm in the minority i will suggest we continue to the next rules committee meeting. >> supervisor kim: is the first thursday of december, not too far off. december 6.
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>> do you see the need to do this at the next rules committee? or do we need more time to see if there are other applicants? >> supervisor kim: december 6 is the last rules committee this year. we could do a motion to call the chair, i am not sure who will chair this committee the next year. >> i am fine with the original motion to continue to december 6. >> why don't we do a motion to continue to december 6? during the time mr. wolf i would like to see done with you to talk more about the low income communities in this area. i'm not sure what applicants might come forward given that we have been looking for several months for someone to fill the seat. we have that motion.
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we continue without position. call item 5. >> (reading). there are six seats, 15 applicants. >> supervisor kim: i know bernice casey from the shelter monitoring commission is here. before we hear our many applicants of this committee. >> thank you supervisors. my name is bernice casey, i am one of the two staff assigned to the shelter monitoring committee. i will briefly outline, without supporting any of the candidates, the qualities for membership. i know the october rules committee meeting, our current vice chair secretary spoke to you and talk about some of the concerns they have the
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committee and the legislation. i have been with the committee for seven years; this is the first time that basically almost every single committee member has resigned. will be appointing almost all new members with exception of three individuals seeking reappointment out of 13 seats. i wanted my coworker to have time to talk about our challenges in accessing clients due to language barriers. >> good afternoon supervisors. one of the challenges that we have with a shelter monitoring committee is that we cannot get committee members that will speak spanish. there are about one of the staff and i will be leaving december. that would leave only one staff. and the spanish speaking is low.
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we do want to reach that are monolingual in the mission district especially because we have soldiers over there but it is very hard when a monolingual comes, and there's no one they can speak a language. it is important to have someone appointed who speaks spanish. >> supervisor kim: we have heard from other shelter monitoring people as well. thank you so much for both be here. supervisor avalos. >> what has been the history of anyone on the committee can speak spanish? is that an ongoing problem? >> it has been an ongoing problem. we were fortunate to have a
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woman who was one of the initial people appointed in the community who served for almost three terms, six years. she was bilingual, not latina. we have had one member who served for about a year and a half who is latino, whose spanish was a little bit better than mine but in no way fluent. we have one member who speak spanish. m she has been instrumental with clients who come in to take complaints, but also going into the field of facilitating community meetings. we were without a spanish-speaking staff or committee member for a year and a half and we were able to
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utilize interpreters from the department of public health to do outreach. >> and does the staff actually help with any outreach? there could be some organizations out there that do a lot of work with people who are homeless, or monolingual spanish. >> we use some of the resources of the coalition on homelessness and some other volunteers are sometimes spanish-speaking. but they don't volunteer for the committee. we needed we rely on staff. a big portion is to take complaints. we don't want to use staff in those environments to translate comments to take complaints from clients. all of our research are now in spanish and english,
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particularly when we do screening or surveying. if i go out and my spanish is muy mal, i can give the document in spanish and i can write comments later and have them translated later. to do the effective job we want to increase the capacity of spanish-speaking people on the committee. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> supervisor kim: so at this time i'm going to call forward the applicants. we do have a number of applicants, 15 applicants for six seats. i'm going to limit your time to two minutes; i apologize but i want to get through this in a timely manner. i will call two names at a time. the first is adalene tony.
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>> hello. nice to see you all today. my name is -- antonio, i work at the coalition of homelessness. i just moved last week. i've been homeless since i was 15, i'm now 20, five years. my daughter is 15 months old; she was born homeless; i speak spanish, french, portuguese. i can help in that area. having lived in the shelter i do think there's certain things that need to be changed. staff and cleanliness -
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i just feel that everybody deserves the right to have comfortable, safe environment to live in especially with their children. especially families. if i were appointed i would make sure that happens. so that's it. thank you. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much for being here. next i have adalene tony and and deborah ann white. i know lamont is unable to attend the date. matthew steen? jenny parrilla here? matthey, you are here? is jenny is not here, i know tony fatua [sounds like] let us know that he will not be here.
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and isaac langford. >> i will be withdrawing my application but i have some things application to lacd. [indiscernible] thank you very much. i hope to see you folks again. >> supervisor kim: thank you for coming here to let us know personally. ms. parrilla. >> i was welcome the first time. i'm sitting on the seat now. i work with the homeless. i visited the homeless shelters. i was home as myself. we truly need latin speakers to help out and to be open and
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understanding. the majority of the latin speakers out there, they come from their countries; they don't know how to read their own language. you are helping them reach their own language. and also interpret for them there are many homeless shelters that are in need of understanding why they are homeless. they understand the situation. when they have been there longer than expected, that is when they need help to understand. you need to understand that connecting them to those agencies does not mean that they will move quickly. it takes time. the latin speaking community, they need to get out there. they need to come in and start helping out an understanding
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that it is really a great achievement. it is helpful to everyone. that is all i have to say. >> supervisor kim: thank you for being here. >> you're welcome. >> supervisor kim: mr. langford? >> hello. >> hi. >> my name is isaac langford, current resident at ecs shelter. i have been here since february 11, 2012, i have attended some of the meetings for the oversight, the monitoring committee. i have seen some of the things that go on in the shelter and i feel that i would be a great advocate for that due to the fact that i also volunteer in the same shelter. i believe that some of the things that go on don't get
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documented. i just elect somebody needs to be on the inside. i have experience. i volunteered for numerous community and homeless nonprofit organization. atlanta advocate for the homeless to the best of my ability. that is really it. >> supervisor kim: you said you currently reside at sanctuary? >> yes. >> you have a 90 day bed? >> yes. >> thank you. carolyn -- nicholas kimura [sounds like] and then and [indiscernible] >> my name is nick.
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i can to san francisco about four years ago; i began interning at -- setting a sociology. i was introduced to the homeless population. it help me learn a lot. i did a big project in the demographics. i was introduced to the clear population, the tran population and homeless population in castro and tender loma. i got a good overview of the institutions involved. i was an average worker. most of the majority work was in castro; also work with
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organizations throughout the city that work with homeless population. simultaneously began to intern at a san francisco attorney's office they can services unit; i learn about criminal system and the legal system in general. i learn about the resources and the city, domestic violence, mental health. homeless individuals are victimized a lot. currently i am a shelter advocate; i'm getting to know about housing, organizing, my strongest point about working there in my mind is that work inside the shelters; i work with the management of every city funded shelter. i have a working relationship with them already. it would be a good idea to be in the committee as well as my current position as a shelter
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advocate. >> supervisor kim: next we have keith dennis and andrew mendez. is either of them here today? >> good afternoon. i am andrew mendez. i lived in san francisco for the past four months of the homeless person. pre-vista that i was overseas working and teaching and this is a second language. i returned and found myself destitute. for the past three months i have been involved with the coalition for homelessness, and active in several campaigns for them. i have taken part of the shelter work group. i am a resident at sanctuary, on the j bed.

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